I AM GRATEFUL TO THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM FOR AN Overseas Research Students Award which enabled me to commence, and to the British Council for a Research Fellowship which enabled me to complete this book. Special thanks are due to Professor Stanley Wells for helping me in planning and developing the project and for unflagging encouragement along the way, to Dr. Russell Jackson for reading drafts of individual chapters at early stages, and to Dr. Susan Brock for valuable answers to inquiries at various stages. I have received various forms of assistance from the library staff of the Bodleian Library, the British Museum, and the Shakespeare Centre.
Some parts of the Introduction formed a paper with the title “The Romantic Reception of Shakespearian Tragedy,” read at a conference (7 to 9 November 1996) held by the Department of English of the University of Budapest. I owe thanks to the sponsors and audience. The readers of other parts of the Introduction and a shorter section of Chapter 2, which first appeared in Mason Croft Review, Annual Publication of the Shakespeare Institute, 1992 and 1994 respectively, have given me boundless encouragement.
Grateful acknowledgment is made to Princeton University Press for permission to reproduce copyrighted material from its publication, Lectures 1808-1819 on Literature (1987) in 2 vols, edited by R. A. Foakes, vol. 5 of The Collected Works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge (copyright 1987 by Princeton University Press). I would like to thank Routledge for permission to quote from The Friend (1969) in 2 vols, edited by Barbara E. Rooke, vol. 4 of The Collected Works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge (copyright 1969 by Routledge & Kegan Paul Ltd).